Under legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff that was approved by the Illinois Senate on April 21, a local governing body must pass a resolution following each general election stating the amount of annual hours an elected official must work as well as require them to keep records of their hours in order to participate in retirement benefits.
Althoff said Senate Bill 2701 seeks to make sure elected officials participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) are working the annual minimum hourly requirement.
“It is important to make sure that our local elected officials are working the hours necessary to participate in the pension fund,” said Sen. Althoff. “Recording and submitting your work hours ensures that a local official is deserving and qualifies for the benefits provided.”
The local government must choose to participate at a minimum hourly requirement of either 600 hours or 1000 hours.
Many local governments have passed a resolution to partake in the IMRF government official’s retirement option via resolution. However, current law does not require regular affirmation that elected positions qualify at the minimum annual hourly position. This has caused concern that many local elected officials may not qualify because they have not worked the minimum 600/1000 hours required annually.